The Society for the Advancement of ICT & Comparative Knowledge (SOCTHADICK) is an international, non-ethnic, non-sectional intellectual forum to study and unravel the connections between the physical and metaphysical (spiritual) realms of the universe. This is achieved via a non-trivial integrated comparative study of science (as represented essentially by ICT), theology and philosophy. The analogy of the cause-effect duality may, in a sense, be used to model metaphysical-physical duality/phenomena. Two other close physical models which may also be used are the wave-particle duality of modern physics and the action-reaction phenomenon of classical (Newtonian) physics/mechanics.
Activities of the Society include, among others, the formulation and construction of scientific/thought experiments and mathematical models to validate metaphysical-physical relationships, taking into consideration environmental variables/resources. This knowledge will boost human creativity and enhance the degree of scientific and technological innovation/discovery/invention.
Thus, the goal of the society is similar to that of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC), Cambridge University, United Kingdom. This centre, which was founded by the theoretical physicist Stephen W. Hawking (1942 – 2018) FRS in 2007, is a component of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Faculty of Mathematics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences of the university. That is, both SOCTHADICK and CTC are deeply committed to cosmology – the scientific study of the origin, evolution and eventual consequences of the universe.
However, the modus operandi of SOCTHADICK and CTC/DAMTP is somehow different. Essentially, the basic exploratory tool used by CTC is theoretical physics and the primary interest of DAMTP is in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics. That is, the interest of CTC is more on what is called ‘physical cosmology’, which basically focuses on the study of the physical manifestation of the universe using essentially theoretical physics and the traditional/conservative applied mathematics areas of mechanics (fluid and solid mechanics). Also, the focus of CTC is substantially related to astronomy, as represented by the big bang theory – a theory which propounds the concept of the expansion of the universe. This ordinarily makes the investigation of the entire universe incomplete.
On the contrary, the interest of SOCTHADICK is in both physical cosmology and mythological cosmology (otherwise known as religious mythology). Also, the primary exploratory tool used by SOCTHADICK is mathematical modelling via modern day novel applicable areas of mathematics (such as abstract algebra and real/complex analysis) and related areas in computer science/ICT. Thus, the methodology of SOCTHADICK is not necessarily restricted to theoretical calculations, but also involves the design and use of scientific and thought experiments. Ongoing research on mythological cosmology will consolidate and improve advances already made in the field of parapsychology (and psychical research), an offshoot of the field of psychology.
It need be noted that classical physics was extended to quantum (modern) physics, just as traditional mathematics was extended to modern mathematics. It is thus a priori realizable to incorporate what is hitherto known as mystic/African science into conventional natural sciences, thereby granting the former general acceptability and legitimacy in popular science. This is expected to precipitate or usher in what may be called neo modern science, away from the hitherto traditional science.
The Society is essentially a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO). It has two broad focal groups, namely (i) ICT Group (ii) Comparative Knowledge Group. As an intellectual forum or knowledge society, associate membership is available for interested individuals and corporate organizations. An Associate Member may opt to be active in either or both groups. Programmes of the Society include commissioned research, commissioned survey, workshops, seminars, colloquiums, publications etc. Programmes are carried out mainly online with occasional physical activities. For membership biodata form, please click here.
Associate Membership is open to all irrespective of social, religious, economic, financial, academic, ethnic or religious status. That is, the Society is open to both the low and the mighty; the proletariat/peasants and the bourgeoisie; pupils, students, artisans, traders, business executives, civil and public servants, teachers etc. Apart from having a State Coordinator in each of the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, it is the goal of the Society to have an International Coordinator in each of the continents of the world.
A person who is interested in becoming an Associate Member of the Society is simply required to express interest by completing and submitting the online membership biodata form available here. On receipt of the completed form, a confirmation of membership acknowledgement letter will be sent. General enquiries, comments, questions and suggestions may also be communicated by completing the form or via the Society’s email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Membership registration is currently NGN 500 (USD 5) while annual due is NGN 1,500 (USD 15). However, at the moment and until further notice, these fees have been waived for all potential members. Thus, no membership fee or annual due is required from any prospective member. In general, it is a policy of the Society that no interested member shall be denied membership on account of inability to pay membership fees. However, voluntary donations are welcome from the public. Also, payment may be requested for certain special services of the Society like conferences. Moneys accruing exclusively to the Society shall be solely utilized for the Society’s purpose.
In the nearest future, it is envisaged that the Society will source for funds and award grants to active scholars and students working on specific important projects within the focal areas of the Society. Scholarship will also be awarded to indigent students. The ultimate goal is to improve understanding and welfare of mankind. Individuals, corporate organizations and institutions who intend to partner with the Society and/or intend to sponsor a commissioned research project relating to the interest of the Society are requested to contact the society’s Administrative Secretary or President. Such bodies will be publicly acknowledged based on terms agreed on in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Some of the focal areas of knowledge of the Society include:
-Traditional Religious Knowledge;
-Fringe Religious Knowledge;
-General Scientific Knowledge;
-Philosophical Knowledge (i.e. Epistemology – The Theory of Knowledge);
-Alternative Medical/Herbal Knowledge and Practice;
-African ‘Scientific’ Knowledge;
-Knowledge Representation and Artificial Intelligence Systems;
-Other Related Knowledge Systems.
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